Alex Zevin, a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological Design program, will be defending his dissertation this Friday, April 17, at 9am in the Biodesign Auditorium. Alex's dissertation work focuses on interactions between Synechocystis cyanobacteria and heterotrophic microorganisms in photobioreactors. Alex's committee includes Dr. Bruce Rittmann (chair), Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (chair), and Dr. Wim Vermass. Good luck, Alex!
Mohamed Mahmoud will be presenting "Landfill Leachate Treatment: How to Turn Problems Into Opportunities" at at Arizona Water Association's 88th Annual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday, May 6. Mohamed's talk focuses on how pretreatment of landfill leachate can improve energy recovery in microbial electrochemical cells.
Rob Stirling, the Swette Center's techno-economic analyst, was recently featured in ASU Magazine. Check out the article here!
Did you NOD 2015? Or do you already miss all of the fun we had that night? Check out the following highlight video prepared by Center member Pat Pataranutaporn with music by Tom Peters, Lorenzo De Feo, and Remy Mallett. See you next year!
Congratulations to Binh Nguyen for being awarded an ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association travel grant to attend the 249th American Chemical Society's National Meeting and Exposition in Denver on
Michelle Young, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering, presented at the fifth annual School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment's Graduate Student Research Symposium last Thursday. Michelle gave poster and oral presentations on "Microbial fuel cells detect differences in waste activated sludge pretreatment technologies." Michelle is working on research that
Rittmann contributes to "Scientists Raise Alarms About Fast Tracking of Transoceanic Canal through Nicaragua" article
Earlier this year, Dr. Bruce Rittmann attended a interdisciplinary panel discussion about the proposed Transoceanic Canal in Nicaragua. As a result of this panel, Dr. Rittmann and other panelists recently published "Scientists Raise Alarms About Fast Tracking of Transoceanic Canal through Nicaragua" in Environmental Science and Technology. The article discusses the potential major environmental and social impacts of the completed canal. Read more about it here!
Dr. Bruce Rittmann recently collaborated with SCEB alumni Dr. He-Ping Zhao to publish "Complete Perchlorate Reduction Using Methane as the Sole Electron Donor and Carbon Source" in Environmental Science and Technology. The article discusses the use of membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs) as a methane delivery system to bioremediate perchlorate from contaminated water. Check it out here!
The Swette Center is excited to be participating in the fifth annual School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment's Graduate Student Research Symposium this Thursday, March 5, from 4-7:30 pm at ASU's College Avenue Commons on the Tempe Campus. Researchers representing environmental engineering, sustainability engineering, transportation engineering, civil engineering, and construction will be delivering posters and oral presentations on our latest research. Click here to see the flyer and here to see a map to the College Avenue Commons.
Join the Swette Center tonight for a night of science, fun and discovery for all ages! It is ASU's fourth annual Night of the Open Door where the Tempe campus is open for discovery. Stop by the Biodesign Institute to catch up on what the Swette Center has been up to for the last year. Events are rain or shine! For more information and directions, click here.